Obituary

Pat N. Boes

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died June 10th, 2014

Patti N. “Pat” Boes of Escanaba, Michigan, entered eternal life in the early morning hours of June 10, 2014, at the University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan surrounded by her family. She is survived by her devoted husband, Dr. James Joseph Boes and her three loving sons who she adored: Colin (Alessa) of Lansing, MI, Sean (Elspeth) of Charlotte, North Carolina, Roarke (Janet) of Los Angeles, California; and her loyal Newfoundland, Blu Bear. She is also survived by her brothers, Shawn Newman of Olympia, WA, and Peter Newman of Dayton, OH. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Betty; and sister, Pamela of San Francisco, CA.

Pat was born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and went on to work in Washington, D.C., as a buyer for Lord & Taylor before marrying Jim. Together, Jim and Pat lived in Seattle, Washington; Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Athens, Ohio; and Escanaba, Michigan. Of all of these, she believed Escanaba was her true hometown.

While living in Escanaba, she was deeply involved with the area GFWC (General Federation of Women’s Clubs) where she held multiple leadership positions (State Legislative Chair, District President, Club President) and received several prestigious awards to include the Women of Achievement Award and Ms. Federation. Pat was an active supporter of the Bonifas Arts center, and she helped many area children reach their full potential both as a substitute teacher and mentor. She especially enjoyed teaching at Holy Name where her three sons all went to school. She loved traveling with her husband Jim and her three sons. Her “Divas” held a special place in her heart. She relished traveling with the “Divas” and their signature boas as the “Queen Diva” to locations across the country. Pat loved to write, read, travel and entertain, especially at her famous Fourth of July parties, known as “The Fourth Up North!”

Pat would want her friends and family to forget the bad and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who do not. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Pat, a wife, mother, sister, and friend, will be sorely missed, but her vibrant spirit will live on through her good deeds and in those she loved.

Visitation will be held from 12 PM to 5 PM on Monday, June 16, 2014, at Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 6 PM at St. Anne’s Church officiated by Rev. Fran DeGroot. A luncheon will follow in the church hall.

In honor of Pat’s loyalty to the GFWC the family would, in lieu of flowers, appreciate donations be made to the Escanaba GFWC to contribute to a scholarship in her name. Checks can be made out to “The Boes Family” with “GFWC” as the memo and sent to 500 Lakeshore Dr Escanaba, MI 49829.

Funeral arrangements are being made by Crawford Funeral Homes in Escanaba, Michigan.

15 Tributes to “Pat N. Boes”

  1. Deeply sorry to hear about the loss of your wife. It sounds like she has touched the hearts of many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Jim, Colin, Sean, and Roarke, So very sorry for your loss of your dear wife and mom. She was a great friend. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you, boys, for calling me. Will be there on Monday to lay her to rest. Peace and Love, Lynn

  3. I am glad I was able to meet Pat. She touched the lives of everyone in my family. She will be remembered for the friendship and caring that she shared with my family for many years…

  4. I am so sorry to hear that Pat has left us. Her quirky sense of humor always made me laugh when we were together at Sandusky High School, and her wonderful spirit will be much missed in this world.

    Dana Grimminger Roof

  5. Saddened was I to read of Pat’s death. I will always remember her for “joie de vivre” and her smile.

  6. Words can’t truly express the loss of a dear friend. Pat will be deeply missed by so many people who loved her. Please know I pray God will guide you through this difficult time.
    Love, Wendy

  7. Jim, Colin, Sean, And Rourke,
    I don’t know where to begin! Pat was one of my all time dearest friends and a spectacular woman! There are too many words to describe her spirit! I loved her! My heart is with you at this difficult time. God bless! Truly, Lorena

  8. Doc and boys and family, you have my deepest sympathy at the sudden loss of such a special woman. She added many blessings to my life as well as others. God truly has received a special Angel. I can’t forget the love and kindness she and Doc gave to me, but especially my parents, who are now rejoicing with her. Hold strong to your memories as that, and my faith in God is what is helping me with this tremendous loss and hole in my heart. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need anything. Sandy (Szczygiel) and Bob Zahorik

  9. May the love of Jesus Christ surround all off you and fill you with His peace and comfort. We all loved Pat and will miss her in our lives. God bless.

  10. Dr Boes:
    I worked with Pat on some committees in the past and truly enjoyed her community spirit. She will be missed. We will be out of town next week, but would like to connect with you later in the summer about a “Sail” that you purchased at the Art Auction. God’s peace to you during this difficult time.

  11. Sincerest condolences to the Boes family. Pat touched many lives in a positive way and will be missed by many.

  12. Pat and I were friends in high school. We shared many fun times together. I always loved her infectious wit and humor. I have thought of her often over the years, always with a smile. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

  13. Jim and boys,

    We are so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful woman and friend. Love & prayers, The Maniers

  14. Dear Jim and boys,
    Heartfelt condolences….so sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. So sorry for your loss.

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